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Soft-Power Works and Is Cost Effective

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Submitted by GW (United States), Aug 1, 2005 at 15:32

I have met many Shiites who are potentially willing to stand alongside Americans and other Westerners in the strugle against viloent extremism. In their world, soft power will work better than hard power. Military response will be very expensive, and counter-productive. In my opinion, a billion or so every quarter developing Shiite and Iranian affection for the US through soft-power and diplomacy will go a lot further to bringing Iran closer to the USA. On the other hand, every military action against Iran and every affront to their progressive sensibilities could cost many tens of billions of dollars.

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Title Commenter Date Thread
iranian situation [168 words]nick wrightAug 15, 2005 02:5624642
Iran already has nuclear weapons [357 words]Norm GrantAug 11, 2005 21:4624585
Response to Asim [250 words]No dhimmiAug 8, 2005 00:3424416
Further Comment [313 words]Peter J. HerzAug 7, 2005 01:4524404
Answer to Asim [389 words]WernerAug 3, 2005 22:2824322
Answer to Iran [176 words]Tony AAug 3, 2005 20:5724317
Monty islamists are after epople like you [108 words]Asim AhmedAug 3, 2005 19:2524312
no nuclear war -Iran already has bomb [259 words]haydarJan 8, 2006 21:4424312
Soft power [277 words]WernerAug 1, 2005 20:1224198
USA – playing for the mullahs! [127 words]John MAug 1, 2005 19:4724196
Soft-Power Works and Is Cost Effective [98 words]GWAug 1, 2005 15:3224187
Iranian Quagmire [88 words]John MAug 1, 2005 07:4624176
Disposition of the Military [78 words]MontyJul 31, 2005 11:3924152
Iran--stay out [249 words]Peter J. HerzJul 31, 2005 10:0824149
MAD makes sense [64 words]WJ HalversonJan 26, 2006 23:5524149
Shias & Sunnis [172 words]michael cJul 31, 2005 06:3524147
Which option [391 words]WernerJul 30, 2005 22:3124139
Israel's role? [109 words]Yehoshua ZellerJul 30, 2005 19:3124131

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